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Graduate Studies Calendar 2011-2012 Program Descriptions Sustainable Energy Development SEDV
Sustainable Energy Development - SEDV
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Location: Haskayne School of Business, Room 453
Faculty number: 403.220.2013
Fax: 403.282.0095
E-mail address:
Web page URL:

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Science (MSc) with a specialization in Sustainable Energy Development, course-based

Part-time status is available.

The Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development Program is an interdisciplinary program for professional individuals seeking a broad-based education in energy and sustainable development.

Instruction is offered by members of the Faculties of Environmental Design, Law, the Schulich School of Engineering and the Haskayne School of Business of the University of Calgary and from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

The Program is for high potential professionals who have demonstrated the ability to produce results, communicate effectively, and who have an interest in sustainable development. They will have an undergraduate degree from an internationally recognized university in any discipline (engineering, management, law, architecture, etc.) and preferably three years of work experience. Students enter with a broad range of educational and experience backgrounds, many from energy and environment organizations, including government agencies.

The objective of the Program is to provide students with a background in energy/environmental management such that they will be able to ensure sustainable energy development and minimize the impact of development on the environment.

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada:  The program is offered at the University of Calgary campus over a period of 16 months beginning in May of each year.

QUITO, Ecuador, South America:  In partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the program is offered at USFQ campus over a period of 16 months beginning in August of each year.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies and Haskayne School of Business requirements, the Program requires:

a) Letter of intent outlining background, research interest and goal for the Program.

b) In exceptional circumstances, students who do not meet the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum GPA requirement of 3.00 may be considered for admission after upgrading requirements have been met. These include a minimum of 3 make-up half courses with a minimum grade of "B" in each course. The make-up courses must be senior undergraduate level courses or higher. Relevant work experience will be considered.

c) Curriculum Vitae.

d) Work experience (to be assessed by the Program director).

e) Certificate of proficiency in the English language or TOEFL,  IELTS, MELAB or PTE (refer to the Admissions section of this calendar for minimum English language proficiency score requirements).

f) Two reference letters.

3. Application Deadline

Canadian Residents: March 31 for May admission
Intl Students: December 31 for May admission

Residents not requiring a study permit: June 30 for August admission
Canadian/International students: April 30 for August admission

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Haskayne School of Business requirements, the Program requires:

a) Successful completion of 14 graduate-level courses
b) Attendance and participation in seminars, upgrade courses and field trips
c) Attendance and participation in Recapitulation session

QUITO only:
Completion of English upgrading course (2-3 week duration) for non-native English students subject to the discretion of the program directors.

6. Additional Requirements


7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

The Program does not accept undergraduate courses for credit toward the graduate degree.

8. Time Limit

Expected completion time is 16 months. Maximum completion time is six years.

9. Supervisory Assignments

Not applicable.

10. Required Examinations

A final comprehensive oral examination is required upon completion of all course work. The purpose of the examination is to determine the student's ability to integrate and apply all interdisciplinary aspects of the Program. The examination will be based on content from the 14 courses and seminars. All students must successfully complete all course and seminar requirements before the comprehensive examination.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Please refer to ustainable Energy Development 625 course requirements.

12. Special Registration Information

Admission to the Program delivered in Calgary is only available in May of each year.

Admission to the Program delivered in Quito, Ecuador is only available in August of each year.

13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.

14. Other Information

All courses are instructed in English.

QUITO only:
Students are not required to speak Spanish for admission to the Program at USFQ. However it is strongly recommended that non-native Spanish speakers take the preliminary Spanish upgrade course that is part of the USFQ Program offering.

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

See the website of the home department and home institution of the Faculty member.